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Essentially an Apprenticeship is a job where you learn how to do something. You will learn by working and also by studying. There are different levels of apprenticeships and they can last between 1 and 5 years. Apprenticeships are available in all types of work from farming to law.
Apprenticeships can be a great option if you want to earn money while learning or don’t want to go to college.
And it's worth remembering that you have to be in some form of training until you're 18.
What you'll get
Pay - you will be paid at least the National Minimum Wage, you can check how much the minimum wage is for someone your age here.
Course Fees - these will be paid by your employer or the government
Study Time - 20% of your time will be spent studying either at work or at college
Holiday Pay - you will get a minimum of 20 days plus public holidays
Other Employee benefits - as this is a job you will get other employee benefits such as sick pay. For more details see our Employment section (link to employment)
If you’re under 25 when you start your apprenticeship and have previously been in local authority care, you may be eligible for a bursary payment. Ask your training provider for more information about what you’ll get, if you’re eligible and how to apply.
How to find an apprenticeship
You may find an apprenticeship in the same way that you would find a job. Please see our section on Finding a Job on the website (add link to employment)
If you are currently studying at a school or college they will be able to help you find an apprenticeship.
There is also a government website which helps you find an apprenticeship.
Click this link to access the site https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
There are lots of other websites that provide details of apprenticeships. Here is a selection of some of them:
LET’S RECAP ON WHAT WE HAVE COVERED
BASICS - An apprenticeship is like having a job but also getting some training. The training can vary from basic qualifications up to getting a degree.
FUNDING - Try and get some funding to help pay for living expenses whilst on an apprenticeship as the pay is not very good.
FINDING AN APPRENTICESHIP - there are lots of websites that can help you get an apprenticeship